English novelist, essayist, poet and journalist (1819–1880)
Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels: Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, she emerged from provincial England; most of her works are set there. Her works are known for their realism, psychological insight, sense of place and detailed depiction of the countryside.
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It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are.
... for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
To judge wisely, we must know how things appear to the unwise.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
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